January 12, 2018

Exciting 2018 shows promise

2017 is a thing of the past and will always be remembered as the year with the biggest grain crop to date in South Africa. Various records were broken and the industry did an excellent job in receiving the crop. Additional capacity was created and the silos are full. What an outstanding achievement by all stakeholders in the grain value chain and by the producers.

In these times we still think of the Western Cape with the lingering drought and water shortages. At the same time, for the first time in 82 years we lost an entire day’s test cricket due to rain in Cape Town – and that outside the traditional rainy season. That just goes to show that you should never lose hope. (Luckily we won the cricket test properly!)

2018 promises to be an exciting year. Firstly, the record crop that was received must be stored, outloaded, transported and processed. Agricultural conditions look relatively positive and above-average rain is predicted for late January and February by the weather gurus. What will happen to carry-over stock? What will grain prices do … and exports? These are the questions on everyone’s lips.

GOSA is also excited about 2018. Our industry meetings started early in January and we are very excited to welcome Johan van Rensburg of OVK as chairperson of GOSA’s industry committee. GOSA is hosting a session in February where stakeholders in the grain value chain have been invited to join in setting the course for GOSA for the next five years. We as board members are very excited about the session and about obtaining inputs to make GOSA even more efficient.

And then our 35th symposium also takes place in Mossel Bay in March. Registrations are progressing well and we look forward to welcoming everyone there again. GOSA once again managed to arrange outstanding speakers for the event.

On behalf of GOSA, all the best for 2018. May the year exceed your greatest expectations.

Marco Pretorius
Board Member and Treasurer: GOSA

Marco Pretorius
Mobile: 082 924 6222
Email: marco.pretorius@afgri.co.za